Whenever I visit Cleveland, I always spend some time with my pal who grew up across the street from me. We’ve been friends since we were 3 and always have a good laugh when we’re together. She lives in Lakewood, so on my way to her house (or when I leave it), I try to stop at the Root Cafe for something yummy to eat and a beverage. In the past this was coffee, but I can’t have that now. When I visited in December, I stopped for some tea and a bought a gluten-free cookie that was super yummy. What I really appreciated was that there was someone who was there who could tell me every single one of the ingredients used in cooking it so I could determine if it was on the safe list for IC. All of the ingredients were on the safe list, with the exception of chocolate, but I didn’t let that stop me (I only had a mild reaction to the chocolate). The cookie was really yummy and I devoured it in no time at all. In fact, I think I bought two, hoping to share one with my friend, but ate it before I got to her place. Yes, I’m horrible, but she’s forgiving. Particularly since I have limited food choices.
The Root Cafe has more than just bakery items on their menu. They have pizza’s, sandwiches, breakfast, and all sorts of other yummies to fill you up. Their menu indicates what items are gluten-free and vegan, and are happy to answer any questions you have about their food. They buy much of their food locally, and also support local artists and musicians by offering spots to exhibit art, or book musicians to play. Check out their website for more info on events and art.